About Us

Honoring and Preserving the National Memory of World War II
Creating the Next “Greatest Generation” of Tomorrow

Founded in 2007, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and to creating the next Greatest Generation of tomorrow. Friends considers it our sacred duty to teach the lessons of yesterday in order to unite the generations of tomorrow. To meet this mission, Friends hosts an annual teachers conference in Washington, DC; sponsors an annual public lecture series featuring prominent historians; and collects and archives video interviews of World War II veterans and other members of the WWII generation. Additionally, Friends has the lead responsibility in planning, staging, and funding five or more major national commemorative events annually. Friends recently completed a four-year WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration marking every major battle in which American troops participated during World War II, hosting more than 80 commemorative and educational programs since December 2016. Friends relies on private support to breathe new life into the Memorial and to ensure that it continues to serve as a living lesson for all Americans.


Leadership and Staff


Josiah Bunting III

Jane Droppa
Vice Chairman

Ruth Rodgers

Holly Rotondi
Executive Director


VADM Jack Baldwin, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

RADM John Bitoff, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Robert H. Bohannon

Sara Temple Dent

Philip J. Gioia

Robert Kelley

Alex Kershaw

LTG Mick Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Dr. J.P. (Jack) London

Cathy Martine

Lynn McMahon

Stephens F. Millard

Robert A. Peck

Elliott (Toby) Roosevelt III

Odeh L. Stevens

Kenneth J. Terry


Holly Rotondi
Executive Director

Sam Smith
Public Education Officer

In Memoriam

Ambassador F. Haydn Williams
Chairman, 2007-2009
Chairman Emeritus, 2009-2016

Jess Hay
Board member, 2007-2015

Friends of the National
World War II Memorial

921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste 316
Washington, D.C. 20003

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Friends is grateful to the following Founding Sponsors for their ongoing commitment to preserving the legacy, lessons, and sacrifices of our Greatest Generation.

Friends of the National WWII Memorial Sponsor AT&TFriends of the National WWII Memorial Sponsor F. Haydn WilliamsFriends of the National WWII Memorial Sponsor WalmartFriends of the National WWII Memorial Sponsor Crawford Taylor Foundation